You can find apps for absolutely everything these days, so why not for driving? The field of car-related apps is really revving up, and there are plenty of great Android car apps for the user on the go. Here’s where the rubber meets the road — these are the best Android driving apps for getting the most out of your car and your next road trip.
Why waste gas driving around looking for the cheapest place to fill up? GasBuddy is one of the highest-rated apps available, one that can help you track down the cheapest fuel in your area. Filter the results based on your city, zip code, or postal code to find the best deals near you. You can also report gas prices to help other users find cheap fuel and earn points. You might even win $100 worth of gas through various promotions. Best of all, you will save money by filling up your tank at the cheapest place.
The iOnRoad app turns your smartphone into an advanced safety app that’s designed to warn you of oncoming collisions. Using your smartphone’s native camera, GPS, and sensors, the app detects vehicles in front of your car and alerts you when you’re in danger. Not only does the app keep you safe in your car, but it’s also one of the best car locators around. The app can automatically detect when you park and will take a snapshot of your parking spot in case you forget. It will also help you navigate back to your vehicle using your smartphone’s GPS.
MyCar Locator is an app specifically designed to help you find your vehicle. The convenient app uses your smartphone’s GPS to locate where you parked, and it shows arrows that point you in the direction of your car. You can also quickly swap between feet, yards, and meters, and store detailed notes about your car’s location. You can even use the app to remember the location of your hotel, camping spot, trail head, boat ramp, or bus stop.
With Car Dashdroid, you can use all your favorite apps without taking your focus off the road and compromising your safety. The app provides large buttons and intuitive voice commands, so you can easily see what you need and talk to your device to get things done. The app offers three sliding panels, allowing you to easily swipe between the dialer, main dashboard, and custom shortcuts. You can also set up more than 40 shortcuts, whether you want to do so for accessing your favorite apps, contacts, or other custom actions.
Beat the Traffic is dedicated to the daily driver who wants to take the guesswork out of their commute. The app tells you what route is best, informs you of traffic flow, estimates your travel time, and keeps you up to speed regarding any accidents on the road. You can also use it to create a trip, which provides you with an at-a-glance personalized traffic report. Plus, you can opt for real-time traffic push notifications or email alerts, and share incidents with other commuters.
The Ultimate Car Dock app makes going hands-free in your vehicle a reality. With this app, you can make phone calls and send messages via a host of personalized voice commands. The app’s sleek design keeps you from being distracted, too, while showcasing whatever it is you want to see. The app offers full voice recognition and integration with your vehicle’s steering wheel or headset via Bluetooth. You also get personalized voice responses, a dedicated music player, and five different screens to make use of.
ReadItToMe is a unique hands-free app that reads, well, anything on your smartphone to you. You can use it to hear incoming callers, SMS messages, and an array of other desirable information. The app can also translate text talk to normal words and convert any language to the language of your choosing. It’s perfect if you’re driving, running, at the gym, or for any other time your hands might be tied up. The paid version of the app also allows you to reply to messages using your phone’s native text app, Whatsapp, Hangouts, Telegram, and other platforms.
TomTom’s GPS Navigation app offers you a sleek combination of the latest TomTom car navigation and world-class traffic information. With these two features, you can choose the best route available based on accurate, real-time traffic information that’s designed to get you to your destination as quickly as possible. You can also use it to learn exactly what is causing a delay and how best to avoid it, or look up the speed limit in your current area. Plus, you get 50 miles a month for free, though you’ll have to pay $20 a year if you go over the limit.
Car Locator is a simple app that lets you save your location when you park and navigate back to your car when need be. The app features a radar, a map, and split-screen views to help you locate your car. You can share your location with other devices or via email, and there’s even a home screen widget for quickly saving your location. You can also shake your phone or double-tap the map to save your location. Car Locator works with apps like Evernote, too, which will automatically save, sync, and import any location you save. There’s a free trial, but the full app will set you back $4.
Torque Pro is the ultimate app for any car lover. With this app, you’ll get OBD fault codes, car performance information, sensor data, and a good deal of other useful metrics. The app can record everything from acceleration to CO2 emissions, as well as horsepower and torque. It can also diagnose problems through the car’s onboard diagnostic computer — OBD-II, although this requires a separate connector — and shut off any annoying “check engine lights.” If you find yourself in over your head, it can also send OBD-II data via email, or create an Open Office document to present your mechanic. It can even use your GPS to provide tracker logs with OBD engine logging, so you can see what you were doing at any point in time.